The Beautiful Island
Hello friends, Spring is a season of new beginnings and growth. As I type this update, I can identify clearly with that description. Elaine and I will make our permanent move to Prince Edward Island (PEI for short) in March. For those of you not yet acquainted with the “beautiful island”, PEI is located in Atlantic Canada and is the smallest Canadian province, covering just 5,620 square kilometres and the home to about 167,000 residents. The island has more than 800 kilometres of sandy beaches and is surrounded by the warm waters of the Gulf of the Saint Laurence. You are never more than 15 minutes to a beach from any point on the island and it takes only 3 hours to drive from one tip of the province to the other. As you travel, you’ll traverse rolling green hills, splendid coastal towns and view amazing lighthouses. Our new home will be located on the north shore of the island, the subject of a recent new painting (on the left). Why our move? Well, it was family of course! We are following our two daughters and their families who moved to PEI in 2021. I am writing this update from California, where our son Christopher and his family live. Our family now extends from the Pacific to Atlantic shores, making regular trips from coast to coast a new normal for us.
What’s coming creatively downstream? Construction of a new creative work-space in PEI will be one of my first projects, completion scheduled in the first quarter of 2024. The plan is to create a multi-room studio space that can serve my audio recording needs and double as an art studio and edit-suite as needed. In the meantime, script-writing and composing new music will keep me busy. I’m also excited about the possibility of fresh, musical collaborations and creation in PEI. The island seems to be a magnet for artists and musicians, so the prospect of working with some of the fine talent residing in Atlantic Canada is something I’m really looking forward to.
The release of Bruce Stacey 17-23 this past year was the culmination of a multi-album, musical passion-project that started during the COVID lockdown. The effort resulted in a re-mastered collection of legacy music dating back to the early seventies. Re-visiting old master recordings was a trip down memory lane for me, bringing back fond recollections of past musical collaborations with gifted artists, musicians, arrangers, and friends… many who have journeyed on. We released 7 new album projects in all! You can find all of my current and legacy album links by clicking HERE. You’ll also find FREE DOWNLOADS to digital booklets featuring exclusive photos and liner notes for many of the albums on the same site. Check it out!
Thanks for dropping by and God bless,